Course Introduction

Diploma in Forensic Psychology

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum
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  • Case Studies
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The Professional Diploma in Forensic Psychology by SIFS India is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of forensic psychology and how the human mind can be used in the criminal justice system, including its theoretical and practical applications.

You will learn about the intersection of psychology and law, including the assessment and treatment of offenders, the use of psychological research in legal cases, and the role of mental health professionals in the criminal justice system.

This course covers a wide range of forensic psychology topics like its historical background, its limitations, the responsibilities of forensic psychologists, legal system structure, criminal behavior theories and profiling, mental health assessment techniques, risk assessment, dealing with juvenile offenders, factors affecting eyewitness testimony, workplace violence management, sexual offending management, understanding police and correctional psychology, and ethical issues, among several others.

Whether you are looking for skill enhancement or career advancement, with successful completion, you can look forward to working for a law firm, government agencies, non-profit organizations, police departments, or as a trainer or researcher, to name a few.

In a real-world scenario, forensic psychologists need to team up with lawyers, police, and other experts. And therefore, this course also focuses on the importance of being good at communicating and working together. It is a way to connect with society and make a difference in people’s lives by understanding criminal behavior and providing therapeutic support to victims.

  • Curriculum


    In this module, you will get an overview of forensic psychology, the history of forensic psychology, its limitations, and how it evolved to its present state. You will learn how to perform an investigation and what precautions, as a forensic psychologist, you need to follow within the legal framework. By the end of this module, you will have an understanding of various ethical considerations along with the diverse roles and responsibilities you are expected to handle to be successful in this multifaceted profession.


    In this module, you will gain a deep understanding of the connection between psychology and the legal system, the roles and responsibilities of legal professionals, like lawyers and judges, and the complexities involved. You will learn how psychological pathways often influence decision-making within the legal system. This module also explores several layers of the functioning of the legal system, the integration of psychology and law, and the impact of psychological insights on legal proceedings.


    In this module, you will learn about criminal behavior, its complexities, how it relates to psychology, and criminal behavior theories developed by experts that highlight the motivations behind criminal actions. The module also explores the psychological and behavioral factors that shape criminal behavior and force individuals to commit crimes. Additionally, you will learn techniques to create a criminal profile of potential offenders.


    In this module, you will get an overview of psychological assessment, its importance within a forensic context, and assessment techniques to analyze and decipher psychological data in legal settings. You will gain insights about how to evaluate competency to stand trial, which means assessing an individual's capacity to take part in legal proceedings. You will also have a fair understanding of risk assessment methodologies that you can use to combat potential threats posed by individuals within the criminal justice system.


    In this module, you will gain an understanding of the critical domain of juvenile justice, various principles affecting it, juvenile crimes and criminal behavior, and factors contributing to this challenging problem. The module also focuses on the role of psychological assessment methods in dealing with juvenile offenders and addressing their needs. By the end, you will have a clear understanding of juvenile justice-specific legal issues and frameworks developed to protect and re-establish young offenders.


    This module covers the significance of eyewitness testimony, the crucial role it plays during legal proceedings and how it impacts the verdict, and factors affecting eyewitness testimony (stress, anxiety, age, weak memory) that lead to difficulty recalling incidents. You will gain insights about techniques that aid in improving the ability to remember and recall events, the reliability of eyewitness testimony, and best practices for conducting interviews and minimizing potential biases.


    In this module, you will gain an overview of violence and aggression, its psychological impact on individuals and society, theories associated with it that highlight the motivational factors giving rise to aggressive behavior, the role of forensic psychologists to assess violent behavior, treatments available, and strategies to handle these complex cases. This module also covers workplace violence, its prevention methodologies to minimize the occurrence of violent incidents, and how to apply principles of forensic psychology within this environment.


    This module explores issues of sexual offending, like its prevalence, types, and deep societal impact. It also covers theories that explain the motivations behind sexual offending (cognitive-behavioral models and social learning theories), psychological assessment and therapeutic treatment of sex offenders, strategies for the prevention and management of sexual offending, and a holistic understanding of this issue to contribute to its prevention and rehabilitation.


    In this module, you will learn about the intersection between psychology and law enforcement, challenges faced by police officers, psychological assessment and evaluation of police officers, and the importance of the mental well-being of law enforcement personnel. This module also focuses on stress and trauma experienced by officers on duty, strategies to overcome stress, and crisis intervention and management to reduce the effect of unfriendly events leading to permanent damage.


    This module covers correctional psychology, the challenges of correctional settings, psychological assessment and treatment of inmates, mental health issues among prisoners, and the concept of rehabilitation. You will also learn about the problems inmates face in prison and the challenges they face upon their reentry into society upon release. Finally, you will gain insights about the ethical and legal considerations that correctional psychologists must understand.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this professional course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India; all you have to do is write an email to requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents do I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment. 

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents is received to

  • How do I login to the portal for my professional course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers. 

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for a professional course?

    You can easily access our professional course on mobile or tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this professional course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatsApp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this professional course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be one hour.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the professional course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the professional course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the professional course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the professional course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Andrei Chikatilo Case Study

Andrei Chikatilo’s case was not less than a mystery for Russian police for more than two decades, until it got support from forensic psychologists.

Chikatilo has been involved in the murder of 53 Russian women and children. The chief investigator of the case, Viktor Burakov, has lost all hope due to the non-availability of any solid clue.

This made him implement a new technique. He took Dr. Alexander Bukhanovsky’s help in creating the killer’s psychological profile. With this information, he and his investigating team narrowed down to Chikatilo from a list of suspects. He confessed his dreadful crimes in 1990.

Joseph Paul Franklin Case Study

Joseph Paul Franklin was born James Clayton Vaughan Jr. to a poor family. He admired the evangelists Joseph Franklin and Joseph Goebbels, the Nazis, and therefore later changed his name. He took the decision to start a race war after reading Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

In 1977, he firebombed several synagogues and, in a few months, got involved in murdering as well. Over the next three years, he killed several people whom he considered inferior to him, blacks and Jews in particular, along the east coast of the US.

The psychologists from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) did an in-depth profiling of Joseph Paul Franklin and circulated that information to the blood banks. They did so by assuming that, as he has no source of income, he might try to sell his blood for money.

Their assumption was right. After a few weeks, a blood bank informed the FBI, and he got arrested. He murdered a minimum of 15 people and was executed in November 2013.

Note: This is only a glimpse of one of a few case studies that we might cover. All case studies are subject to change as per current trends and developments, except a few famous ones from the past.

Jermaine Michael Grant


The course and experience was very nice, and everyone was kind and understanding. My experience at SIFS India has been an interesting and informative experience. Awesome instructors, and very amazing approach in explaining lecture notes.

Kriston Bahadur


It was a pleasure to be a part of SIFS India. The course was good, very informative. I learnt so many things which was benifical for enhance my skills. 

Taveshram Narine


This experience has been great …teachers has been very supportive and always answers to any questions or queries ….Thank you SIFS for making my journey incredible.

Rebecca Khatun


It was an amazing experience. I learnt so much! Experienced alot of new things with best teachers and guidance, hoping to learn more

Baldeo Seegobin


I am thankful to the SIFS team for providing us with these amazing courses and for helping us to get better. The lectures were all interesting and every session was an interactive one. The lecturers were able to thoroughly explain each concept which was greatly appreciated.



Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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